A sample scene … introducing Nate Carrington

While other stories wend their way through the editing/pitch/publishing process, I am working on a medical thriller and figured I’d share a short scene I’d literally just written. I’m introducing one of the characters in the story, he’s an FBI forensic examiner, 48, and the first scene you encounter him is this one:

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ICE CREAM BREAD (Two ingredients! No, not a joke)

I posted this same recipe on Facebook and it went viral (110,000+ shares), and since it has been a while since I posted a recipe on my blog, here you go.

ICE CREAM BREAD (Two ingredients! No, not a joke)

(Perfect for making with the kids and infinite varieties)

Makes One 8 x 4 loaf

  • 2 Cups Ice Cream, any flavor, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups Self-Rising Flour

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People Have Lost Their Minds

So many people have lost their mind and those of you who are rabble-rousing need a time out.


People sometimes see what they want to see in anyone’s message.

I’m not here to debate politics, I try to leave this blog to literary things and whimsy, however, if you believe that the only way to interpret someone’s behavior is the way YOU personally interpret it, then you’re a flawed human being.

Two well-meaning people can see exactly the same thing and come away with totally different views on what they’ve seen.

So regardless of the issue, if people don’t see it the way you do, that does NOT make them evil, racist, stupid or crazy.

And yes, that even means followers of Trump or Hillary – none of them are necessarily any of those things, but if you insist that they are, even by proxy, then YOU are the problem.

I’ll add fuel to the fire and say that I hate celery! There, I finally did it. I’ve admitted it publicly and I don’t care if it is your favorite vegetable. I hate it. But I know that others can appreciate that it might not be of the Devil and even might serve some culinary purpose – so I accept that. I’ll need to tolerate you celery lovers, even though you’re all possibly deranged – I’ll try to keep my thoughts about your disgusting celery habits to myself.  😆

That is all….

Rothman’s Writing Axiom

Writing is like an onion.
Most who start are just barely peeling the paper-thin outer skin and learning the basics.
As you learn more, another layer is peeled.
Keep peeling, it’s the only way to get better.

Oh by the way, this is a special onion.
It has an infinite number of layers.


Do what you know – is that it?

As many of you know, most of my books have been in what could easily be categorized as a middle grade (MG) or young adult (YA) fantasy genre.

My bio makes it pretty clear that I started writing mostly because I wanted to entertain my boys (who are now both voracious teenage readers). So as they got older, the content of my material got “older” and potentially more complex.

After roughly 500,000 words of written, revised, edited and finally published material – I can easily say it has certainly been a fantastic learning experience.

Along the way, I’ve personally met many members of the publishing industry, whether it was editors, publishers, authors of every stripe (NYT bestselling ones as well as up-and-coming ones). Some of these folks I now consider to be friends.

Oddly enough, I found myself being somewhat dissatisfied with what I’d been writing. Let’s face it, I’ve spent the better part of three decades being an engineer. I do research, I look at things from the perspective of what will happen a decade+ from now and my personal interests have always been in the sciences.

I mentioned this in passing to some of those aforementioned friends and a couple of them gave me the same advice.

“Do what you know.”

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Hello Darkness

Hello darkness, my old friend,
I’ve come to drink you again,
When your grounds are steeping,
Aroma drifts to me while I’m sleeping,
And the vision that was planted in my brain,
Still remains.
Within the sound of brewing.